WASHINGTON — Sen. Chris Dodd's decision to stay as chairman of the Banking Committee while also continuing to play a lead role on the administration's No. 1 priority — health-care reform — left observers predicting Wednesday that enacting financial regulatory reform will be further delayed.

At a press conference Wednesday with other Senate leaders, Dodd pledged to continue working closely on the issue, but it was clear that health care was his first priority. The Connecticut Democrat would not commit to a time line for moving a regulatory reform bill or offer any details on what a draft may include.

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